and you might well like them too...

History of technologies

Histories of telcos

Hobbyist sites of quality



Aural delights

Literature sources

Last year I did a comprehensive trawl through the POEEJ (and its successor, the British Telecommunications Engineering Journal) for stuff likely to be of interest, covering from POEEJ Vol.32 to BTEJ Vol.10 inclusive. (approx 1939 - 1992). I have listed articles relating to cable tunnels, the PO railway, submarine cables, microwave stations, VLF and troposcatter. Since then, I have added a handful of references from other electrical engineering journals as I have come across them, and the list can be seen at:

Richard Lamont,


British Isles


North America



Telco corporate sites



Telecomms numbering and area codes

Telephone technology



Auction sites, for obtaining old telephone instruments,  ephemera, other hardware and so on

Happy hunting!

Other Internet resources for telecomms

Telecomms (Usenet)

  • alt.dcom.telecom.ip (occasional historical discussions)
  • comp.dcom (ditto)
  • uk.telecom.moderated (ditto)

Telecomms (reflectors)

To subscribe to the Strowger mailing list (discussion of old exchanges and telephones) send a blank e-mail to and put SUBSCRIBE into the subject field. Your request will be confirmed.

To subscribe to the Singing Wires, alias TCI List (mainly Americans buying and selling telephones but a fair sprinkling of more general chat on old telephones as well) send a blank e-mail to: Your request will be confirmed.

To subscribe to the Telephone Numbering discussion (fairly academic discussion of national and global dialling codes) mailing list, send a blank e-mail to: <


What's all this Usenet and list server stuff?

Newsgroups are mostly part of Usenet, which predates the World Wide Web and possibly even the Internet itself. Anyone whose ISP (Internet service provider) offers a news service can read and participate in newsgroups. Listservs (short for list servers) are private affairs, sometimes run on a financial subscription basis, and enable one person (the list owner) to send information by e-mail automatically to a large number of interested people. A variant called a reflector allows any in the group to send replies, comments and new messages that are 'reflected' to all members of the group.

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